In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

~Isaiah 12:4~




Jesse Dean requests prayers for his sister, “Miss” Theresa Cutrer, who is hospitalized.


Joy Ann Branton Walker

June 12, 1930 – November 26, 2019

Joy Ann Branton Walker was born on June 12, 1930 in Haynesville, LA and passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 89 years of age. Joy Ann was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Charles. She loved talking to her family and friends and catching up on everyone’s lives. She is famous for her Mam Maw’s Chocolate Cake. Joy Ann was a faithful member of Viking Drive Church of Christ.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Charl Ann McKneely and husband Tommy of Amite, LA, Kathy Sells and husband Harry of Sandy Run, SC, and Judy Moore and husband Howard of Haughton, LA; grandchildren, Jeff McKneely and wife Tammy, Greg McKneely and wife Danielle, Jennifer Pray and husband Gabe, Ray Moore and wife Katie, Haley Moore Patrick, and Kyle Moore; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jordan McKneely Vickers and husband, John, Olivia McKneely Tull and husband, Brandon, Alyse McKneely, AnaClaire McKneely, Gavin McKneely, Dylan Charles McKneely, Gabrielle Pray, Steven Pray, Andrew Walker Pray, Kaitlyn Nunnery, Hallie Rae Moore, Pressley Joy Patrick and Sammy Patrick; three great-great-grandchildren, Maverick and Eleanor Tull and Elizabeth Vickers; brother, Henry Branton; and numerous well- loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward “Charlie” Walker; parents, H.H. “Hamp” Branton and Rosie Ethel Davis Branton; granddaughter, Kimberly McKneely; 3 brothers, Orion, L.F., and Twyman Branton; and a sister, Lester Cleo Branton Matthews Phillips.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until funeral services at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December, 1, 2019 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 601 US Highway 80 East, Haughton, LA 71037, officiated by Mr. Frank Himmel, preacher at Viking Drive Church of Christ and assisted by her grandson, Pastor Jeff McKneely of House on the Rock in Amite, LA. Interment will follow at Old Town Cemetery, Haynesville, LA. Pallbearers will be are Jeff McKneely, Greg McKneely, Ray Moore, Gabe Pray, David Gray, Bruce Williams, and Ben Dance.



Operation Christmas Child – Thanks to the members of FBC, Kentwood for helping pack and ship 416 “shoeboxes” this year, the most we have ever shipped.  Thanks also to the 18 volunteers who put in over a hundred hours during the collection week.  As you can see, this collection week required a lot of helpers.  I am thankful for each person and each hour of time donated in 2019.




Thankfulness, Day 27 – Today, I am thankful for telephones.  My daddy worked for the telephone company for more than 36 years as an installer/repairman.  He was proud of his work and the company he worked for, Maw Bell.  Today, I am still thankful for telephones, but in a new and more modern way.  Yesterday, one of our granddaughters received her first phone, an i-phone.  Guess who she called.  Her granddaddy!  I’m so glad she did!  The telephone company has greatly changed, but it still is helpful in connecting families.  What a blessing!




Scripture Writing for November 27th – Psalm 119: 15-21




Have a great day if you are preparing for Thanksgiving.  Part of our family had an early Thanksgiving yesterday.  I’m surely thankful for the time we had together.  Please pray for them as they travel home today.  Pray for others who will be traveling the rest of the week.  They are some of the busiest travel days.

Anna Lee







“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” 

~Titus 3:4-5 NLT~




Please pray for Josiah Huckaby this morning as he has a heart cath.  Pray for his mom and dad who chose this child to be their very own.  That reminds me of Jesus who chose us despite of our shortcomings.




Operation Christmas Child: Yesterday, FBC Kentwood completed eight days of serving as a location for shoeboxes from our area to be brought to one location and delivered to Hammond, their next location.  The boxes are already on their way to Dallas now.  I’m thankful to say about 1.500 of those boxes came through Kentwood area people and churches.  In Hammond, they were added to others from SE Louisiana and totaled about 13,000.  That’s a lot of children who will be blessed with gifts and an opportunity to meet and choose Jesus.  Good job, folks!




Thankfulness, Day 26 – Today, I am thankful for the planes, boats, ships, cars, vans, wagons, donkeys, sleds, etc. that will carry the “shoeboxes” to the children.  The vision is to do whatever it takes to get the boxes to the hand of boys and girls.  The shoeboxes will probably be the biggest blessing so far in each young life.  The many packers will be greatly blessed in knowing many of the children will soon have Jesus in their hearts and they were able to play a small part in that.




Scripture Writing – Psalm 18: 8-14




Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, whether you are part of a big celebration or quietly eat alone.  We all have so much to be thankful for every year of our lives!

Anna Lee






I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

~Psalm 7:17~




Operation Christmas Child collection at more than 5,000 sites ends today.  FBC, Kentwood will be open 8:00-10:00 and then transfer the boxes to the area collection site in Hammond.  Just to make you smile, I’ll share that we collected 295 shoeboxes yesterday for a running total of 1.489 boxes this year.  That is the most we ever collected in Kentwood and we still have one more day!




Peter Michael Chehardy

October 13, 1956 – November 23, 2019

Peter Mike, went to his eternal resting place on November 23, 2019 with his loving family around him. Mike a lifelong resident of Amite, was born on October 13, 1956 to George and Virginia Chehardy( both deceased.) He was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Valerie Baxter Chehardy for 33 years. In addition to his loving wife, Mike is survived by a sister, George Ann Smith, who along with her husband, Ray Smith(deceased), raised him. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by a brother Johnny Chehardy and a sister, Philomene Lacara. After attending Amite Elementary and Oak Forest Academy Jr. High, Mike attended the Vocational Unit of the Hammond State School. After graduating, he lived in Baton Rouge where he worked at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Government St. After a couple of years, Mike came back to Amite to be close to his family. He worked for the Town of Amite for ten years and for Smitty’s Supply for 20 years. He retired in 2016. Mike had a very high work ethic. He was punctual, dependable, and loved by his coworkers. Mike had many favorite activities. He looked forward to the first week in October every year when he and Val took their annual trip to Cruising the Coast. He loved sports and was an avid fan of LSU ,the Saints, and the Amite Warriors. Unbeknown to many people, Mike was an amateur stargazer. He kept up with special events in the sky and could be seen in his front yard with his telescope. But His favorite pastime was talking to his friends. He kept his OFA annual in his truck always looking for someone to share memories. Elvis was his favorite performer and he and Val enjoyed a trip to Graceland. He and Val also enjoyed trips to Disney World and New York City. The family would like to thank the many friends for their concern and prayers for Mike and for all the ways they made him feel special and loved. Special thanks to Dr. Derris Ray and his staff, St Joseph Hospice, especially Lisa King, and Bud and Ray and the staff of Thrift Town Pharmacy. Also thanks go to McKneely Funeral Home for their excellent care. But most of all we want to thank God for the many graces and blessings Mike has had all of his life. Family and friends are invited to join the visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall on Tuesday, November 26 from 9:00 until 11:30 A.M. The funeral Mass, conducted by Father Mark Beard, will be held at noon at the church. Interment will be at the Amite Memorial Gardens. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




David and I saw Peter Mike and Valerie at Master Chef.  They always had many friends stop at their table to speak and were always very helpful to each other.  I know Peter Mike will be missed in the Amite area.




Scripture Writing – November 25 – Psalm 118: 1-7




Pray for the youth and adults chaperones from our area churches as they finish up at the Youth Evangelism Conference and travel back to their churches today.




Thankfulness – Day 25:  Today, I am thankful for the love in our family that makes us want to spend time together.  We don’t usually get to be together as often as we would like, but we can enjoy the time we have together.  I hope you will have an opportunity to spend some time with family this week.  May your time together build the bond of love stronger.



This is a busy week for traveling.  Pray for good times and safe traveling during this holiday season.  Start making a list of people and things you are thankful for.

Anna Lee





“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” 

~Hebrews 11:1 NCV~



“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” 

~Proverbs 3:5 HCSB~




Scripture Writing for Nov. 24 – James 1: 17-18




Operation Christmas Child:  Monday ends the time to take your boxes to a collection site in 2019.  FBC, Kentwood will be receiving “shoeboxes” today from 4-6 P.M. and tomorrow from 8-10 A.M.  I can’t explain to you how excited I am that boys and girls get “shoeboxes”, a chance to learn about Jesus, and an opportunity to take Jesus into their heart.  I appreciate how much love many of you have put into packing your shoeboxes.




This morning Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will host their monthly breakfast.  There is no charge for the breakfast, but donations are taken to help a family with a need.  This is a great ministry of the ladies of Pine Ridge.  They have been helping families for many years this way.




The Two Rivers Associational Annual Lottie Moon Tea will be Saturday, December 7th at two o’clock at Spring Creek Baptist Church.  Ladies and girls, plan to attend.  You don’t want to miss this special event.




Thankfulness – Day 24 – Family gatherings!  Yesterday, David’s family had a family gathering.  It was a time to enjoy watching the children play, introducing some new family members into the family, to show respect to those who have now become the older generation, and to lovingly think back sweet memories of those who are no longer with us.  Of course, there were lots of hugs and too much good food, but that’s the way families treat each other.  Today, I am especially thankful for the sweet spirit of yesterday’s gathering and all the other ones I can remember.




Smiley Conerly has been searching for answers to his medical questions.  He has learned a little more and will be having surgery on December 9th.  Please add Smiley and his family to your prayer list if they are not already there.




I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.  Remember, it’s not all about food and family!  What else do you have to thank God for this year?

Anna Lee




Saturday, Posted Early

“Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.” 

~Hebrews 12:1 TLB~



The youth from our church will attend the yearly YEC, Youth Evangelism Conference, Sunday – Monday.  Pray for them as they travel.  Also, pray the conference touches many hearts and changes lives.




Smiley Conerly will be having surgery December 9th.  Please pray for him and his family.




Operation Christmas Child continues.  FBC, Kentwood collected 103 shoeboxes late yesterday.  Saturday, the hours are 10-12, Noon.  Sunday’s hours are 4-6 P.M.  If you have boxes to turn in,  please do so Saturday or Sunday, rather than waiting for Monday.  Pray for the children who will receive a shoebox.  Thank God for the many lives that will be changed.  Thank God for each person who was involved in the shoeboxes in any way, the money invested in packing the shoeboxes, and the time that was spent creating or purchasing items for the shoeboxes.  Use every opportunity God gives you to share about the shoeboxes.  It is one of the ways we are missionaries.  Remember, Matthew 28: 19-20 tells us to do to things, GO and TELL.




Scripture Writing – November 11-23 – Lamentations 3: 22-27.




Thankfulness, Day 23 – Today, I’m thankful for time.  I get 24 hours each day to spend as I desire.  My time also has responsibilities.  I’m thankful for the time I have to live and pray I have pleased/continue to please God with the way I spent this precious time He gave/gives me.  Some people refer to our lives as the dash between the year of our birth and the year of our death.  It’s up to us to make “our dash” count for Him.  It’s the most important engraving on our headstones!

Anna Lee


We have multiple routine appointments today.  I’ll post mid-afternoon.




“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” 

~Hebrews 11:1 NCV~





Scripture Writing – Nov. 22 – Psalm 9: 1-2, 7-12




Thankfulness – Day 22 – Today, I am thankful for children and grandchildren who go out of their way to visit us, even it they come a few days early for brief visits.  We won’t see everyone this holiday season, but six of ten is still good.  David and I have made a tradition of spending the holidays, when we don’t have family with us, by going to Cracker Barrel in Brookhaven.  We go there to enjoy a nice ride and see an area we don’t see too often.  The meal is always good too!  I hope you have an opportunity to be with your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If not, do something special!  Make a new tradition!  Invite someone who is not family to go with you.




Operation Christmas Child Collection at FBC, Kentwood is from 4-6 today, 10-12 Saturday, and 4-6 Sunday.




Our tests went well this morning.

Anna Lee






Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

~Psalm 95:2-3~




Scripture Writing for Nov. 21 – Psalm 107: 28-32




Thankfulness #21 – Today, I’m thankful for social media.  I know several people who are happy about not being a part of social media, but I think it is all what you make of it.  I am thankful for social media and other things like this website that are above my technical skills to create or repair, but fully in my ability to use.   I think it is like an automobile, you can drive it carefully or drive like you don’t want to live any longer.  Everyone can make their own choice.  For those of us who choose to use social media, let’s strive to maintain some values in the world of computers and other modern technology.




Mr. Ed McGehee is very sick at North Oaks.  Pray for him and for his family as adjustments are made.




Mrs. Velma Anthony was bitten on both arms by a dog.  Pray for her as she recovers.




Baby Hudson‘s surgeon said the baby’s heart is fixed.  Now, the doctors will begin to work on his ability to eat and digest food.  Please keep praying.




Emilie McKenzie is back in school and practicing for the Christmas program at church despite her broken arm.  Thank God for her progress and pray for her as her treatment/healing continues.




Eleanor Morris’ sisters all went to her house Tuesday.  While there, Evelyn fell and fractured her hip.  Late yesterday afternoon, she had surgery and a rod was used to make her hip work better.  Please pray foe Evelyn and those who will care for her while she is healing.




At about 5 P.M. yesterday, Hope Jones of Amite delivered the “shoeboxes” her church kids packed.  Today, she will have back surgery in Baton Rouge.  Thank God for her determination and priorities.  Pray she will be back serving at her church real soon.




Please continue to pray for Rachel Morris and Irene Brumfield.  I have been told they are both in Ochsner in New Orleans.




Today, I’m sharing about another former student who passed away.

Roger Navarra

August 11, 1958 – November 20, 2019

Roger Navarra, a resident of Independence, LA for the past forty years passed away peacefully at the age of 61 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington. Roger was born on August 11, 1958, in Amite, LA. Roger was valedictorian of his Oak Forest Academy class, an Honor Graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, and a member of the 13 Club. For 34 years he worked as a State Farm Insurance Agent where he served his community in Independence and Tangipahoa Parish. For the last 13 years, it gave him great joy to serve as Deacon of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence, LA. His love for Mater Dolorosa Catholic School and its children were unsurpassed. Roger was a loving father and grandfather, and the highlight of his life were his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte(Navarra) Phillips and spouse, Kevin, New Orleans, LA; his son, Dominick Richard Navarra and his spouse, Christine Lai, Denver Colorado; grandchildren, Miriam, Dominick, Alistair, and Martin Phillips, all of New Orleans; his sister-in-law, Lou Navarra, and niece, Brittany Navarra Lauzervich, husband, Clay and great niece, Sidney, all of Maurepas, LA; and his fiancé’, Traci Montgomery Beatty. He is preceded in death by his parents Dominick and Margarett Navarra, sister, Ramona Navarra, and brother, Dominick “Richard” Navarra. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 11:00AM on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Tickfaw, LA. Interment Colonial Mausoleum, Independence, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Joseph Michael “Mickey Joe” Guzzardo
  • October 20, 1947 – November 19, 2019
  • Independence, Louisiana
  • Joseph Michael “Mickey Joe” Guzzardo, Sr., age 72, of Independence, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born on Monday, October 20, 1947, in Independence, Louisiana to Sam J. Sr. and Josephine Gulino Guzzardo. Mickey Joe was an Army veteran who served his country in Vietnam with duty, honor and courage. He enjoyed life and loved, fishing, classic cars, playing cards and going to the casinos, but he especially loved spending time with his family.

    Mickey Joe is survived by his loving wife, Lena Domiano Guzzardo his daughter, Leanne Nicole Guzzardo, his son, Joseph “Joey” Guzzardo, Jr., his mother, Josephine Gulino Guzzardo, his sister, Sandra Guzzardo Morgan and her husband Wayne, his brother, Sammy Guzzardo, Jr., also many nieces, nephews and close friends.

    Mickey Joe was preceded in death by his father, Sam J. Guzzardo, Sr. and his sister, Diane Crowe.

    A Visitation for Mickey Joe will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence. A Funeral Mass Celebrating Mickey Joe’s Life will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 pm in the church. Interment and Military Honors will follow at Colonial Cemetery in Independence.

    Mickey Joe’s guest book can be viewed at




Do something today that will outlast your lifetime!

Anna Lee